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My Lady - poetry video featuring Puno Selesho

South Africa continues to endure a rape crisis with the level of documented sexual abuse cases standing at 147 per day (according to 2015 SAPS statistics). This is of course believed to be a conservative number considering that most cases of sexual abuse go unreported. No matter the numbers though, it is unacceptable that anyone will be subjected to rape or any other form of sexual abuse.

We therefore worked with South African poet - Puno Selesho - to visually and lyrically address this issue. Puno's dynamic voice carries a message of change and challenges South Africa to man up! 

Through this poem titled MY LADY, Puno calls on women not to allow their pain hold them down but to let their glorious presence to be unfurled. And to the men, she says: Don't be known for the way you use your waist and your fists. But be known for the way you kiss her scars with your lips. Every line is deliberate and very powerful!

Puno is a Law student at the University of Pretoria. She is the Founder of the Cherry Blossom Project - a charity initiative aimed at empowering young girls and improving their sense of self worth. She is also the curator of The Park Exchange - a monthly meeting that brings together brilliant minds to debate around issues facing South Africa. Puno is passionate about Africa and is no doubt a voice to look out for! Check her out on Instagram: @punopolis and Twitter: @poooono

The video for this poem was shot in Pretoria, South Africa for White Code Centre and had Adebayo Okeowo and Yolandi Hefer both working behind the scenes.

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HEBRON (through the eyes of a visitor)

I was in this “region” from the 5th of February 2014 and for several weeks, I listened to dozens of interview respondents for my study. Hearing about arrests, stone throwing, travel bans, harassment at check points, shooting, burning of olive trees, house demolitions, etc. became “normal” in my conversations. 

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Battling Seclusion & Racism in Moldova

Moldova is a small country geographically situated in the very heart of Europe, having Ukraine and Romania as neighbors. After the collapse of the Soviet Union and Moldova became an independent country, it was faced with new challenges. Due to economic and political 

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Say No to Xenophobia

In light of the recent looting of foreign shops and xenophobic attacks in Soweto, Atteridgeville and other areas within the Gauteng province of South Africa, the White Code Centre calls on South Africans to desist from such acts that go contrary to the spirit of togetherness and Ubuntu

These constant attacks on fellow Africans are a stain on South Africa's reputation as a rainbow nation which upholds and embraces the principles of human dignity

‪#‎WeAreAfricans‬

 

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The Berlin Wall 25 Years After

25 Years ago when the Berlin wall fell was a defining moment for Germany and the world. Loved ones who had up until then been separated by the wall were reunited. It was an incredible moment as the people tore down the wall piece by piece.

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Ways in which African Countries outperform the United States

1. Mobile technologies: the region is much less dependent on land lines. In Nigeria, 19 out of 20 phones are mobile. Africans are years ahead of America in widespread texting and reading by phone. And, like much of the world, the bill is often much cheaper than in the United States.

2. Banking: years ahead of the United States, Kenya's M-Pesa network has been used by millions to pay bills, wire funds and buy food and other goods by phone.

3. Female leaders: unlike the United States, the region has elected female heads of state. Liberia and Malawi currently are led by women. Liberia's Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the continent's first democratically elected female leader, was also co-winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

4. Long-distance running: got a marathon to run? Is it prestigious? You'd better invite the Ethiopians and Kenyans, who have dominated the international scene for decades.

5. Faster economic growth: eight African nations have among the world's 20 highest-growth rates by real gross national product, according to the CIA Handbook. They are: Libya, Sierra Leone, Niger, Liberia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Botswana and Rwanda. The United States ranks No. 133 on this list.

Source: Washington Post

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President Sirleaf sends a message to the world

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, like her other counterparts in Guinea and Sierra Leone are battling with an epidemic of enormous proportions and scary dimensions. Its not a pretty place to be. Let us feel their pulse, make this personal for each of us and lend a helping hand. If you refuse to care now, the time will come when you will be forced to! Hopefully by then, it won't be too late.

Here is an excerpt of Sirleaf's letter as shared on BBC World Service:

'Ebola is not just a health crisis. Across West Africa, a generation of young people risk being lost to an economic catastrophe as harvests are missed, markets are shut and borders are closed...'

Listen to the full content here: https://soundcloud.com/…/a-letter-to-the-world-on-ebola-fro…

And watch here a video calling on African States to do better:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGgxOZsj0M4

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STUDY OPPORTUNITY: AMERICAN UNIVERSITY WASHINGTON COLLEGE OF LAW

The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the American University Washington College of Law is offering an LL.M. in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. The LL.M. in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is currently the only program in the United States to offer a hybrid program of its kind in a U.S. law school. 

Application Deadline: November 1, 2014

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2013 HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

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2013 HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

Every year on the 10th of December, the world marks the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) which was adopted on December 10 1948 in Paris. It was the world’s first clear expression of the need to protect the rights of every human and it came on the heels of the atrocities perpetrated during World War II.

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TRIBUTE TO MANDELA

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TRIBUTE TO MANDELA

"Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace” - Mandela (1918 - 2013)

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was one revolutionary leader who set records for a number of firsts!

Did you know he was not born Nelson? He was named Rolihlahla at birth but was named Nelson by a teacher after being baptized at the United Methodist Church

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STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

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STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

The UN General Assembly defines "violence against women" as "any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life." The 1993 Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women noted that this violence could be perpetrated by assailants of either gender, family members and even the State itself.

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The White Code Centre Video

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The White Code Centre Video

Documenting mass atrocities since World War I, so that we do not repeat the mistakes of the past to cripple the present and damage the future.

Watch our message via the video below and you can go to our MULTIMEDIA page to get it free

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